14-16 June 2017, Cape Town: Linda Theron and Optentia Research Focus Area (NWU) will co-host Pathways to Resilience IV with Michael Ungar and the Resilience Research Centre, Canada.

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Linda Theron

Linda Theron (D.Ed.)
Professor
Dep. of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Psychologist (Educational; PS 0063622)

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South African students explain their resilience processes Video - South African students explain their resilience
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Introduction to Khazimula

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The October wind blew in with a lot of goods to our shores. Firstly, we received the transcriptions of all the data collected for activities 1 and 2, which are now being coded and analyzed. Secondly, our partners from University of Brighton and Boing Boing Resilience Research and Practice ( http://www.boingboing.org.uk/) were in town to wrap up their project on resilience and drought (Patterns of resilience among young people in a community affected by drought: Historical and contextual perspectives) and to coordinate a Think Tank initiative involving the youth from the community (Leandra, Mpumalanga) and the RYSE team. Finally, we received members of the RYSE team from Canada, Dr. Michael Ungar (Principal Investigator) and Eric Twum-Antwi (Project Manager) for a productive week that involved visits to Embalenhle, the research site in Secunda and meetings with the advisory panel, youth from the site, and the research team in South Africa.

Dr Michael Ungar and Eric Twum-Antwi getting their first glimpse of SASOL, Secunda

Dr Michael Ungar and Eric Twum-Antwi getting their first glimpse of SASOL, Secunda

On our tour through Embalenhle, the young people from the advisory panel, led us through their community, gave us a glimpse of their world and what it meant to be resilient, or, in their own words: “ ‘Rysing’ in the face of adversity”.

Simphiwe Zulu (RYSE Community Advisory Panel) leads

Simphiwe Zulu (RYSE Community Advisory Panel) leads

Right after the tour, we had the opportunity to sit with the entire advisory panel for RYSE South Africa to introduce to them the Canadian partners, update them on the progress of the project at the Secunda site and the Canadian sites, discuss the next steps forward and finally to share ideas on the best way to reach out to the youth in the community and to share results on the local and national level.

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The SA Community Advisory Panel and RYSE researchers Bottom photo, back row: Simphiwe Zulu, Tiisetso Makhafola, Eric Twum-Antwi. Isaac Thubane, Richard Ngoma, Thandiwe Mtengwane, Mosna Khaile Middle row : Thulani Mcongwane Front row : Linda Theron, Winnie Moya, Michael Ungar, Busi Khumalo

The SA Community Advisory Panel and RYSE researchers
Bottom photo, back row: Simphiwe Zulu, Tiisetso Makhafola, Eric Twum-Antwi.
Isaac Thubane, Richard Ngoma, Thandiwe Mtengwane, Mosna Khaile
Middle row : Thulani Mcongwane
Front row : Linda Theron, Winnie Moya, Michael Ungar, Busi Khumalo

We wrapped up the week- long meetings and activities with a multi-disciplinary research team meeting involving the co-applicants and collaborators of the RYSE Project such as Prof. Michael Ungar (Department of Social Work, Dalhousie University), Prof. Linda Theron (Department of Educational Psychology, UP), Prof. Steve Reid (Primary Health Care Directorate, UCT), Dr. Jennifer van Wyk (Hair and Skin Research Laboratory, UCT), Prof. Ian Rothmann (Optentia, NWU), Prof Christo Fabricius (..), Dr. Angelique van Rensburg (Optentia, NWU) and Sarah Crawford-Brown (Primary Health Care Directorate, UCT)

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Back row : Prof. Ian Rothman, Prof Michael Ungar, Prof Linda Theron, Sarah Crawford-Brown, Prof Steve Reid Front row : Eric Twum-Antwi, Dr Angelique van Rensburg, Mosna Khaile, Dr. Jennifer van Wyk

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